McDuffie to Give Concert on March 11

Internationally renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, Distinguished University Professor of Music, will give a free concert on Tuesday, March 11, as part of the Spring String Series of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Neva Langley Fickling Hall of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. 

The program will include a variety of music styles and periods and will showcase several of the Center’s outstanding string students. McDuffie will perform “Winter” from Antonio Vivaldi's best-known work, “Four Seasons,” with the McDuffie Center String Orchestra of Mercer University. The orchestra is composed of nine string students, along with critically acclaimed violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, who serves as director of the McDuffie Center, as the concertmaster.  He will also play Maurice Ravel’s “Sonata for Violin and Cello” with freshman cellist Lavena Johanson of Seattle, Washington. He will complete the concert with some Viennese pieces, accompanied by award-winning pianist Elizabeth Pridgen of New York.

The free concert is open to the public. Seating is limited, so tickets are required for admission. The free tickets are available through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470. 

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“UC Live” featuring Cartel, Mario and Plain White T’s Coming April 12

Quadworks, the Campus Activities Board of Mercer University, will present “UC Live"  at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 12, featuring three nationally known headliners, in the University Center Arena on Mercer’s Macon campus. "UC Live" will feature national recording artists Cartel, Mario and Plain White T’s. Additional sponsors for this event are Cumulus Broadcasting, Mercer University's Student Government Association, and the Eleventh Hour.

Tickets for the concert, available beginning Monday, March 10, are $18 for Mercer students with ID, $23 for military, high school and college students with ID, and $28 for the general public. Mercer student tickets will be available at the Mercer Ticket Sales office located in the University Center. Other tickets can be purchased at or by visiting

Headliners Cartel, Mario and Plain White T’s are all known for their national and international hits. Each artist has seen success on Billboard charts and on music stations across the country.

All tickets for UC Live are reserved seating and a valid ID is required for purchase of and entry with discounted tickets. For more information on this event, call (478) 301-2874 or visit

Upcoming Information Sessions for Academic Programs in Business, Continuing and Professional Studies, Education and Nursing 

Savannah PMBA Information Sessions
Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. and  5 p.m.
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 10 a.m.

Douglas County Regional Academic Center
Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Henry County Regional Academic Center
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.

Stetson School of Business and Economics
BBA Transfer Information Session
Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m. in Atlanta
EMBA/MBA Information Session
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m. in Atlanta

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m. in Atlanta

Contact Amanda Bentley at or (678) 547-6554 for more information on the above sessions.

Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
MSN and RN-BSN Advanced Track Information Session
Friday, April 4, noon to 2 p.m. at the College of Nursing Building, Atlanta campus
Talk with Dr. Helen Hodges, RN-BSN coordinator; Dr. Linda Streit, associate dean of graduate programs, and Nancy Teal, director of Student Financial Planning.

Contact Tonya Flemons at or (678) 547-6800 for more information on the College of Nursing session.

2008 Tift College Alumnae Weekend to be held at Mercer

Mercer University will host the 2008 Tift College Alumnae Weekend Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, in Macon. Events include class reunion dinners on Friday evening and an awards and recognition ceremony on Saturday morning, followed by a luncheon and lecture, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Cathryn Futral. The Class of 1958 will be honored as the newest members of the Half Century Club. Senior Tift Scholars at Mercer will be recognized and will participate in graduation traditions. For more information or to register for this event, contact Erin Lones in the Office of University Advancement at (478) 301-5548 or

‘Chicago - The Musical’ Coming to Macon

The national tour of “Chicago - The Musical” will make its Macon premiere at The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, for a two-night engagement Wednesday-Thursday, April 9-10. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range $45-$48 and are available through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or Based on the 1926 play of the same name, “Chicago” is the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. In 2002, “Chicago” took to the big screen, winning six Oscars and leading to the rebirth of the musical. For tickets or more information, visit

Medical Students Respond to Sugar Factory Disaster

Within minutes of the explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth on Feb. 7, students from Mercer University School of Medicine began springing into action. Several students were on call Thursday evening and immediately received “mass casualty” pages from Memorial Health University Medical Center, where three dozen Mercer medical students are completing their clinical studies. Others saw footage of the disaster on television and headed to the Emergency Room to see if they could help. “We were afraid we might just be in the way,” said Siri Raju, a fourth-year medical student from Richland who saw the news reports... [more]

Former House Speaker Gingrich to Address Executive Forum April 10

Former United States House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be the featured speaker at The Executive Forum of Mercer University presented by BB&T on Thursday, April 10. Gingrich will give a lunch presentation at noon in Atlanta at the Four Seasons Hotel, 75 Fourteenth Street, and a dinner presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Macon at the University Center on the Mercer campus. Gingrich is one of the world’s most well-known statesmen and a forward-thinking political leader. Chosen Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1995, Gingrich has written 14 books including: Contract with America, Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America, Rediscovering... [more]

Health Care Data Researcher to Give March 20 Van Greene Lectures

Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., a nationally recognized leader in collecting and organizing health care data on minority populations, will deliver the 2008 G. Van Greene Distinguished Lecture at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, on the Atlanta campus of Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Drive. Puckrein will speak on “Building a 21st Century Health Care System.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Puckrein founded the National Minority Quality Forum, of which he serves as president and chief executive officer, in 1998. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to eliminate the... [more]

Registration Open for the Claypool Classic 5K Run/Walk

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Third Annual Claypool Classic 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12, on Mercer University’s Cecil B. Day Campus, 3001 Mercer University Drive. The 5K course includes 2.1 miles on the road and 1 mile on a cross-country trail that is somewhat hilly. The run is part of the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix series. Registration will begin at 3 p.m., with the 5K run starting at 4 p.m. and the 1-mile fun walk kicking off at 4:30 p.m.  Registration is $15 by March 31 and $20 starting April 1.... [more]

Pharmacy Alum Filmed by CNN for Allergy Segment

Tony Moye, owner of Moye's Pharmacy, spoke to a CNN for an upcoming segment on AccentHealth.
Tony Moye, a 1973 graduate of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a member of the Mercer Board of Trustees, will be appearing in doctors’ offices across the nation this spring to talk about allergy medications. He was interviewed by CNN on Feb. 25 at his John Frank Ward Boulevard pharmacy location in McDonough for an upcoming segment on AccentHealth. AccentHealth is an exclusive television network broadcast to doctors’ waiting rooms nationwide, with health information programming from CNN designed specifically to engage, entertain and education patients while they wait to see a doctor. Some 11.7 million consumers in 11,200... [more]

Mercer Alumna Partridge’s Met Debut to be Broadcast in HD  

Mercer alumna and rising opera star Leah Partridge, B.M. '97, is making her Metropolitan Opera debut this season as the First Niece in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Fans and friends will have the opportunity to see her live when the Saturday, March 15, matinee is broadcast in high definition to participating theaters around the country. In addition, the performance will be broadcast on participating radio stations.Visit for more information and to check local availability and ticketing. The performance will be featured in Georgia at the following cinemas: Galleria 10 Cinemas in the Galleria Mall, 2922 Watson Blvd., Centerville;... [more]

Slonaker’s Contract Not Renewed

Mercer Director of Athletics Bobby Pope has announced that the University will not renew the contract of head men’s basketball Coach Mark Slonaker.   “I want to thank Mark for his 11 years of service to the Athletic Department,” said Pope. “He has been a great ambassador for the department as well as the University." Pope said the team would play at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Nashville March 5-8 under the leadership of Coach Slonaker. The Bears finished the regular season with a conference record of 6-10 and an overall record of 11-18. They finished as the seventh seed among the eight conference teams who advanced to tournament... [more]

Nursing Research Conference Focuses on Patient Safety and Outcomes

"The Link Between Patient Safety and Patient Outcomes" will be addressed in the 2008 Nursing Research Conference, sponsored by The Center for Health and Learning, an educational partnership between Piedmont Healthcare and Mercer University. The conference is designed to enhance participant awareness of common patient safety issues and nursing interventions that promote positive patient outcomes. The conference will include lectures, interactive and panel discussions, and poster presentations. Keynote speakers will be Barbara J. Bates, R.N., B.S.N., surgical services manager at Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital in San Diego, Calif., and Susan Fuller, R.N., C.P.S.O., director of quality and patient safety at Piedmont... [more]

McAfee Offers Two-Day Workshop on the Urban Church

“Congregational Strategies for Urban Mission” is the theme of the April 1-2 workshop of the McAfee School of Theology.  Designed for pastors, church staff and lay leaders interested in or working in urban ministry, the program will feature four plenary sessions as well as practicum ministry workshops. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Prior to becoming the 10th president of Morehouse College, he was a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and... [more]

Peters Shares Anti-Satellite Technology Experience with Media

Randall Peters, Ph.D., chair of the Physics Department in the College of Liberal Arts, helped shed light on the quest by the United States Navy to shoot down an ailing spy satellite before the Navy destroyed the satellite on Feb. 21. He spent much of the day of the shootdown recounting for the media his experiences with a similar program for the United States Department of Defense in the 1980s. Peters was interviewed on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s statewide news radio program “Georgia Gazette,” and The Telegraph in Macon featured him on the front page in a story about the satellite takedown. He... [more]

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